Fairy Tail OVA 01 DVD Fanservice Review

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Lucy Heartfilia in a skimpy catgirl outfit for most of the the show???  Oh my!!!

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Let’s do a fanservice review of Fairy Tail OVA 01, shall we?

By popular demand!  Fapservice originally had no plans to review Fairy Tail even though it kept coming up in the comments.  A triple whammy of being shōnen, the TV show having way too many episodes to review and the OVAs being DVD only…  But the Fairy Tail OVAs have more fanservice that many recent shows in this epic ecchi drought and I was finally able to track down some HQ DVD video sources, so we are going to be doing fanservice reviews of the Fairy Tail OVAs, one OVA at a time.  Enjoy…

True story.  Fairy Tail OVA 01 is what got me hooked on Fairy Tail in the first place.  Too shōnen and too long for my tastes.  I really hate it when great girls get shoved aside to let baka boys hog the limelight which happens in far too many shōnen shows.  Plus I like to be able to re-watch anime shows that I really like and with the TV series now at 175 episodes, that just isn’t practical.  But I kept hearing how great the Fairy Tail girls were and how it had more fanservice than most shōnen shows did (and how shōnen fanboys complained about the fanservice).  So I decided to give at least Fairy Tail OVA 01 a try and that’s all it took.  Then I looked up the viewing order online and slowly but surely watched all of Fairy Tail in that order until I was caught up.  Worth it.  Completely.

Without further ado, let’s get on with the fanservice review!

From AniDB:

* Based on the manga by Mashima Hiro, serialised in Weekly Shounen Magazine.

 

Story 1: The Fairy Tail mage guild member Lucy comes across a mysterious written request on an odd-job noticeboard. The client is looking for an object that is hidden somewhere in Fairy Tail’s female dormitory, Fairy Hills. To verify the request, Lucy visits Fairy Hills, and discovers that the client is Hilda, the dormitory head who is looking for a shining treasure. Meanwhile, Natsu and the other guild members are cleaning their pool. (Source: ANN)

 

Note: Released with the [26th manga volume]. Each OAD features a different side story taken from the manga.

OVA 01

Fanservice-wise, the themes of Fairy Tail OVA 01 seem to be Lucy’s boobs, Erza’s ass and a healthy does of onsen and swimsuit service of all the girls to go along with random fanservice here and there.

No better way to start a show than a closeup of Lucy’s large assets…  Too bad it’s DVD instead of HD and too bad it’s zoomed in too far for the native resolution.  But still fun…

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And nice side view too…

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This old woman gets it.  You gotta lick her to make sure she’s a girl…  LOL

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When you’ve got them, flaunt them.  Fill up the entire screen while you’re at it Lucy…

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And we get to see Lucy’s bra and panties.  But not the panties while they are being worn.  Do note that you can see part of her bra being worn as part of her outfit.  Nice.  Also note that her panties are pink…

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Lucy in a skimpy catgirl outfit?  Divine!  Heavenly!!!  Sexy!!!  (I had to make as many stitches as I could.  Had to…)

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What a fine ass Lucy has…

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Gotta like how much cleavage shows in this skimpy catgirl outfit…

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Wendy is just way too cute and adorable…

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Does Erza really dress like this?  Talk about tomboyish…

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LOL.  Erza is right.  Catgirl outfits suit Lucy to a T…

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Erza doesn’t look bad in a catgirl outfit herself…

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Erza likes ecchi books???

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Such a shame that this is the only panty shot of Levy that I can recall in all of Fairy Tail.  I know it was done for comedy but I could do without seeing her blood on the wall at the same time as we get to see her panties…

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Watch Lucy’s boobs shake and roll after eating super spicy food.  LOL.  Please eat more super spicy food Lucy…

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Almost a partial panty sighting.  It’s  pink but so is the frill on her shorts…

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And Erza does a little stripping “just between us girls”…

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Blank boob alert.  And Erza boobs seem rather large too…

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Some bare boob but mostly bare ass in this nude henshin for Erza.  But nice.  Less light beams would have been even nicer…

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Still not getting this manly outfit for Erza even if the stitch looks nice…

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Really could have used more scenes with Mirajane and her skimpy bikini…

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Virgo the celestial spirit is something else.  Are those panties or leotards.  Nice and closeup either way…

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Time for fun on the beach and lots of girls in swimsuits…

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This stitch turned out to be really hard to make and I never did get as much of Levy as I wanted to.  Too bad…

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Lucy’s cat princess outfit is just as nice from the back as it is from the front…

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Nice ass shot.  More light would have been nice.  Hard to believe part of her panties aren’t peeking out…

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Now it’s on to onsen time!  I have to admit that the onsen stictches turned out better than I expected.  Especially for DVD resolution.  Having clean HQ video source really helped even if DVD instead of HD…

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Best view of Erza’s ass in the entire episode…

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Lucy found the shiny treasure!  Or is she the shiny treasure???  I know which one I would vote for…

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Yes, Erza really is crying.  Fairy Tail OVA 01 manages to pull off a sad but sweet ending.  Nicely done…

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But the funny part of the ending is that Lucy’s cat princess outfit disappears and she winds up naked only we don’t get to see a lot…

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Some nice scenes of Lucy from the ED.  Nice tongue she has…

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Omake

There’s a ton of omake for Fairy Tail.  And for good reason too.  Plus some really talented artists doing fan art.  Since the OVAs are DVD only, I wanted to focus on HD (or higher) + HQ images.  Didn’t see any anime posters, so I included some of my HD stitches from the TV show since that’s not likely to be reviewed due to the sheer number of episodes.  Feel free to add your favorite Fairy Tail omake to the comments.

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Thoughts

Good End.  Heartwarming and funny.  Nice step up in fanservice from the TV show.

It’s a crying shame that Fairy Tail OVAs have only been released on DVD and never on BD.  Fairy Tail deserves better.  I looked for and could not get the HDTV fansubs for OVAs 01 & 02 from years ago.  But to be honest, having worked with the DVDs, I’m not sure the original art was done in 720p to start with.  Doesn’t make sense but, for example, zooms in the DVD release looked coarser than they should have.

As I mentioned at the beginning, Fairy Tail OVA 01 is what got me hooked in Fairy Tail in the first place after deliberately avoiding it for years.  So I’m partial to this OVA.  I wound up making a lot more stitches (almost 50) and webms (almost 40) than I thought I would for a 30-minite episode.  Do check out my albums since a lot of what I made is not included in this review.  I did enjoy making stitches and webms for this OVA.

I’m also partial to Lucy Heartfilia so it was tempting for me to make even more stitches, webms and snapshots than I did.  Lucy is the best girl in Fairy Tail IMO and still one of the best chubby girl designs that I have seen.  Boobs that would look way too big on most girls look great on Lucy.  For me, having Lucy dressed in a skimpy cat princess outfit for most of the episode was a stroke of genius.

Fairy Tail OVA 01, other than being DVD only, is made the way OVAs of popular TV shows should be made.  Namely, doing something that the TV show won’t or can’t do.  In this case, that’s fanservice on a great group of girls that don’t get pushed aside by baka boys.  There are baka boys in Fairy Tail but they don’t get to hog the limelight for too long (except maybe Natsu at the end of a few story arcs).  It’s a shame that the OVA isn’t even more ecchi than it was but it’s still a big improvement over the TV show which is the important part.

So yeah, no nudity in Fairy Tail and probably never will be.  But still the fanservice on a great group of girls is better than the fanservice of most shows currently airing in this epic ecchi drought.  If your are an ecchi fan and haven’t watched Fairy Tail yet and 175 episodes seems like way too much to watch, do check out the OVAs at least.  That’s where the most fanservice is anyway.  The TV show does have some fanservice but it’s even milder and really spread out.

Notes

The bad news is that I was not able to track down the HDTV fansubs for FT OVA 01 & 02.  But only the first two episodes were shown on HDTV it seems.  So OVAs 01, 02 and 03 are only 480p.  The good news is that in tracking down fansubs with the best HQ and best bitrate that I could, I found a later version of a popular fansub that has 576p instead of 480p for OVAs 04, 05 & 06.

Most of my stitches and snapshots were not included.  Just too many.  You can find a lot more in my album here: 01.  (Because Imgur has been really slow for me lately, I didn’t use the same file names but the images should be in the same order.)

Not all of my webms were included.  You can find my album here: 01.